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Had a great time, hope to be back!
We elected to stay at the Alexander on our recent trip to Miami Beach and were very impressed. We were in town for an event in South Beach, but wanted to be able to get a little sleep if we wanted. :) The first thing we noticed was the size of the room - we had the one bedroom suite, which was a bedroom, two bathrooms, a giant walk-in closet, a full kitchen, living and dining room, and a den. The staff was incredibly nice and helpful. The room service was tasty and delivered with a smile. Everything went as it was supposed to - which is not something I take for granted any more.
Be advised that the hotel charges fees in addition to the room costs - for our visit, it was $20/day for the valet parking and $8/day for the resort fee. This isn't covered by what you pay up front when you book the room.
Also, the furnishings are a bit old - the TV was probably built before I was - but everything was in working order. We were looking for quiet and "together time" more than fancy furniture, so this was fine with us - it just may not be for other folks.
All in all, we had a great time and hope to be back!
I was very surprised when we arrived at the Alexander for my 33 birthday. I had been there when I was about 15 and it still looks great. I loved the pools, Shula's Steak House Restaurant, and the room was amazing We stayed in unit 416 and it was like staying in some cottage in the islands. The suite was very large and decorations made you feel very relaxed. I would stay there again in a heart beat. By the way the spa was amazing, and its on the same floor.
Perfect 10, Loved the "Suite"
My husband and I went to Miami for my 30th birthday, this was our second time in Miami. I chose this hotel because I'm all about the room. We arrived on Saturday th 18th of October, when we entered the suite my mouth hit the floor...... I could not believe this suite, we had a one bedroom convertible, which meant a master bedroom w/bathroom, full kitchen, living room, dining room and a guest room w/bathroom. The view from the balcony was oceanview....It was quite frankly breathtaking. This is little further down than the busier part of Collins Avenue, but it was worth it. The hotel felt like an oasis. The room service was prompt and the attendants were very polite. Lets just say I had a great birthday in both of those bedrooms.......................Cliff & Tonya Joseph
Luck of the Draw
The quality of your room will depend upon the luck of the draw. To understand why, it is important to understand what this "hotel's" advertisements do not make so clear: The Alexander is, in actuality, a complex comprised of individually and privately owned condominium units. During times when the unit owners are not present, many of them allow their units to be rented out as "hotel suites." The hotel staff are actually members of the condominium management company which shares in the profits from maintaining and renting out the privately-owned units. What does this mean? It means that the quality of your room depends, in large part, upon the investment that the private owner has made into the condominium unit. The quality of rooms therefore varies greatly, perhaps explaining the inconsistent ratings of this hotel which you may find on the internet (we found ratings of 2, 3 and 4 stars, depending upon the web page). All of the suites are large. Some are extremely luxurious, while others are so sorely outdated that they have the appearance of being unclean. Maid service is slow, but adequate. The newly renovated lobby fronts very nicely. The two lagoon pools are outstanding, and extremely clean. The beachfront access is superb, and a separate private company does serve guests rather well.
Room service was prompt, reasonably priced, and of excellent quality.
The two gentlemen who served as concierge, during our stay, were truly exceptional. Their treatment of guests from the moment of arrival, their recommendations, and their ability to secure reservations on short notice, were superior to many concierges of five-star hotels at which we have stayed. On check-out, we faced very little difficulty when disputing a curious valet parking charge included in our final bill: an odd inclusion, given that we did not have a vehicle with which to even use valet parking. We noted this, in light of other internet reviews of this hotel which similarly suggest that customers should watch their checkout bills carefully. The bottom line: The Alexander may be either a two-star, three-star, or four-star hotel for you; it all depends upon your luck--during the selection of your privately-owned condominium unit disguised as a hotel room--at the time of check-in.
The hotel rooms were spacious but the decor left a lot to be desired.
The sofa in the common room nearly sank to the floor. Nothing in the suite matched from the plaid sofa in red and blue to the green floral loveseat. Also placed room servie order which never arrived and room service stating no record of it.
A Great Experience
I have not found many reviews of the Alexander, so here is one of the few. We were very pleased with the service of the hotel. The staff was friendly and valets very attentive. Compared to surrounding hotels the outdoor environment seemed more secluded lush and island like. The top of the falls outdoor grill food and beverages were very fresh, but very pricey. (first lunch 2 adults 2 kids $90) The beach was uncrowded and attendants friendly but the rented chairs could use an upgrade. I toured other hotels and the Alexander seemed to have more classic woodwork, brass and leather with a layed back, uncrowded unrushed feel. Their carpeting should be replaced. All rooms are individually owned and decorated and rated separately for their quality of space. Our room was very nice. We had huge floor space 2 bedrooms 2 baths; one with a grand jacuzzi. Overall furniture was nice dressers could all be newer. Our vacation stay was great and I would definetly go their again. The others seem much more commercial crowded and fast paced. Gratuity added to everthing in Miami!
Great Rooms- Tons of Kids
Our oceanview room was spectacular! It was spacious and the view was like a postcard. There was just one problem, there were millions of kids who were out of control. We arrived on a Sunday and could not find a towel, lounge chair, or ANY room in the pool. Monday was much better.
We booked a bay view room for Memoril Day Weekend and were pleasantly surprised when we were upgraded to an ocean view suite. We stayed in suite #701 and it was clean and beautiful. The view was great, the pool area was great and the beach was great. I highly recommend the Alexander and we will definitely be going back next year.
Alexander All Suite Hotel Miami
The Alexander All Suite Hotel is a comfortable oceanfront beach resort. Our ocean view suite was spacious and newly renovated with a kitchen and large terrace. The hotel next door was under major construction. A few things you should now before reserving. They offer valet parking for $18.00 daily or you can pay for meter parking across the street. They charge $8.00 daily for spa, telephone, safe etc. We didn't know about these charges until we arrived. $27.00 daily charge if you want two chairs and umbrella for the beach. Bring grocery money!! The Shula Steakhouse charges $35-$65 per steak dinner, and room service isn't cheap either. We had a great time, but the hotel should be more open about the extra charges before arrival.
Great resort, excellent service
Beautiful hotel, stayed summer 2002, our suite was great very roomy and with a stunning beach front terrace (1102). pool area was very nice and so were the mango daiquiris they serve there, not to mention the seabreaze. Service was very good.